Voters head to polls Tuesday for school referendum

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OCEAN CITY — Voters in Ocean City will decide Tuesday, March 11 whether they want to spend $2.5 million on renovations to the Ocean City Primary School.

The board approved a bond referendum in January. Polls will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. (See polling locations and sample ballot below)

Based on the average assessed home value of approximately $500,000, school business administrator Pat Yacovelli said the bond would increase the property taxes of a typical Ocean City homeowner about $15.39 per year for a period of 10 years.

The bond will fund a portion of the work, which will also be covered by a state grant and the district’s capital reserve. 

The total cost of the project, $6,653,368, includes a new roof, an emergency generator, water heater, boilers, lighting for classrooms and the multi-purpose room, and replacement of windows and doors and the fire alarm system.  

It also includes an upgrade for the heating and ventilation system and the installation of air conditioning. The new, energy-efficient HVAC system would permit school officials to set temperatures in the school by zone. 

The state will fund 40 percent of the cost of approved items, or close to $2.4 million. The district will also use just over $1.75 million from capital reserve.

The bulk of the work will be scheduled for the summer of 2015, with preliminary work beginning after school hours in May or June of 2015.

Click here to see a sample ballot

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